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    Big, medium and small folding cameras

    Amazing; I like these. Functional, and a matching set.

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    Big, medium and small folding cameras

    Thanks for all the nice comments.

    I finally found some time to re-make the front standard, bellows and baseboard for the baby camera.

    I discovered that I had a roll of black craft paper that was almost light-proof; and two layers definitely are. After a bit of maths, I finally worked out where to put all the folds for the necessary double-taper bellows.

    I made the bellows so that they are removable this time, although being only double thickness paper, they fold up very small anyway. The front standard also has a simple lens plate design so I can swap lenses very easily. I also have a 62mm filter ring mounted on a lens plate so that all my existing lenses and pinholes can be mounted to all 3 of my cameras still.

    The first image shows the camera folded; the velcro straps used to hold the ground glass in place double up for holding the tailboard for transport.
    The second image is with the front standard adjusted for fun!

    Best regards,


    Edit: A pinhole image taken with the new version of the baby camera is Attached files

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    Lovely craftsmanship, Evan. I will be folding a bellows for my 8x10 camera soon, so I will know what you went through . . .

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    Big, medium and small folding cameras

    Nice going. I really like how you've merged high functionality with relatively straightforward construction. You usually see either function or simplicity of construction in these home built cameras; rarely both. Could learn a few things by looking at your designs here.

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    Evan the concept of this series of cameras is absolutely fantastic..10/10

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    It has been a while since I made any cameras, but I did recently find the pictures I took of the final piece of equipment in this series; the 5x7. The construction is similar and the bellows are made from two layers of craft paper (which is a little scary when it starts to rain!). Hopefully these images will give others a few ideas.

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    Very nice design, well done. Regarding the craft paper bellows, it's a neat idea. Myself, I've made a test bellows from a single layer of thick black craft paper with 1" wide black gaffers tape applied to all the folds.

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